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Nayeon Yang | The Birdsell Project

Nayeon Yang

To make this body, I use my body. Indeed, I am here through my body.

My work explores the human body as a permeable container of time and space. To me, the body is the only genuine and continuous home for one’s life. The body continues to exist while time and space pass through it and leave behind innumerable thoughts and emotions. The body becomes a container for the invisible, imperceptible traces of life.

Allowing myself to experience the life of my body, I try to prepare it as a site for emotions, memories, and ephemerality to reside in. My process of making leads me to various forms of work such as performance, installation, video, and gestures. The vulnerable yet malleable nature of my work reveals process that shaped its present state. Often, nothing but the physical trace of the body remains. Ultimately, the body left in the piece becomes a witness to life itself.  

Questioning how cultural, political, and sexual bodies have been perceived and projected in current societies, I frame my works at The Birdsell Project in interactive and performative art forms.


Nayeon Yang is an interdisciplinary artist from South Korea. She is currently in MFA program at the Ohio State University and holds BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown her work at various venues including Performance Art Bergen (Bergen, Norway), Bunker Projects (Pittsburgh, PA), Mote078 (Columbus, OH), the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), Latitude 53 (Edmonton, AB Canada), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul, S. Korea), and others.